INDUCTED: Into the NHL Hall of Fame, GUY LAFLEUR, 36, former right wing for the Montreal Canadiens (1971-83), who twice was named the league's MVP and six times led the NHL in scoring; TONY ESPOSITO, three-time winner of the Vezina Trophy as the league's best goalie, while playing for the Chicago Blackhawks (1969-83); and BRAD PARK, 40, seven-time All-Star defenseman with the New York Rangers (1968-76) and the Boston Bruins (1976-83). Also voted into the Hall were: to the builders' section, Philadelphia Flyers' owner ED SNIDER, 55; to the on-ice officials' section, GEORGE HAYES, who died in 1987 at age 67 and officiated in the NHL from 1946 to '65; and as the first inductee of the veterans' section, BUDDY O'CONNOR, who died in 1977 at age 61. A center for the Rangers and Canadiens from 1941 to 1951, he had only 34 career penalty minutes and was league MVP in 1947-48.
PLACED ON PROBATION: For two years by the NCAA, the Texas A & M football program, for 25 recruiting and other violations committed from 1984 to '87. The Aggies are also ineligible to participate in a bowl game and to win the Southwest Conference title this year. Athletic director and coach JACKIE SHERRILL was placed on administrative probation for two years.
SUSPENDED: For 30 days by the NFL for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, running backs CHARLES WHITE, 30, of the Los Angeles Rams, and CALVIN THOMAS, 28, of the Chicago Bears. The league had also suspended Bears defensive end RICHARD DENT, 27, but rescinded the decision two days later (page 50).
TRADED: By the St. Louis Blues, center DOUG GILMOUR, 25, right wing MARK HUNTER, 25, left wing Steve Bozek, 27, and defenseman MICHAEL DARK, 24, to the Calgary Flames for centers MIKE BULLARD, 27, and CRAIG COXE, 24, and defenseman TIM CORKERY, 21.
By the Seattle Seahawks, linebacker FREDD YOUNG, 26, to the Indianapolis Colts for first-round draft picks in 1989 and '90.